TR’s 12 days of giveaways: sign up here for a chance at some gear

Howdy, gerbils! As we're sure you're aware, TR's 12 days of giveaways have just started. Besides handing out community awards (the first of which was offered yesterday), we'll also be giving away prizes by random draw. Between the community prizes and random draws, we have roughly $4,500 of hardware to give away. How's that for a hardware giveaway?

Fill out the form below and answer the question in it, and you stand a chance of getting some sweet hardware in the mail during the coming weeks, courtesy of the TR Santa. Don't worry, we won't be using your information for any purpose other than this contest. You'll also have to answer a simple question so that we can separate wheat from chaff: in the graphics card section of the our October System Guide, which three brands of graphics cards did we recommend?

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Rules and regulations

The random draw contests are only open to residents of the U.S. and Canada (except Quebec).

Only one entry per person, household, or e-mail address will be considered. Multiple entries per person, household or address are not permitted. Please don't try to game the system by entering your girlfriend, wife, kids or pets. We'll probably disqualify you if you do.

We will be accepting entries between the time this post goes up and 12:00 CT of December 28, 2016. We'll then choose winners for the random draws in certain days of "TR's 12 days of giveaways" initiative, from among all eligible entries. The winners will be announced on the site on certain days up to December 29, 2016. The winners will be notified by e-mail, and must claim their prizes within 72 hours, or they will forfeit them, and we will select a new winner.

Only the winner's name will be announced on the site. We will not share their address or other personal information with our sponsors or anyone else. Any prizes will be shipped to the address provided in this form. Incomplete entries will be disqualified. TR also reserves the right to disqualify entries that appear to be attempts to game the system or circumvent the rules in any way, or for any other reason, without explanation.

The staff of The Tech Report and their immediate families may not enter the giveaway and are not eligible to win.

No purchase is necessary. This giveaway is void where prohibited by law. TR and the giveaway sponsors are not responsible for any taxes on the prize, damage in shipping, damage caused by using the prize with other products, or health issues such as repetitive strain injury, eye strain, or chemical addictions that may result from prolonged use of the prize. We may answer questions and offer clarifications of the rules in the comments thread on this article. Happy hunting!

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    • FroBozz_Inc
    • 3 years ago

    Trident, Orchid, and 3DFX

    • JosiahBradley
    • 3 years ago

    I keep registering over and over and I haven’t gotten the tracking info on all my free prizes yet.

    • ronch
    • 3 years ago

    Three graphics card brands: ELSA, STB and Videologic.

      • Krogoth
      • 3 years ago

      You forgot Bitboys bro.

      • ColeLT1
      • 3 years ago

      It was a trick question, there is really only one answer: Bitchin’ fast! 3D 2000

      [url<]http://imgur.com/id9jM[/url<]

        • derFunkenstein
        • 3 years ago

        I just now noticed the brands of cards on the graph in the lower right.

          • ColeLT1
          • 3 years ago

          Seems like I find something new every time. This card has staying power, I should put it in my emachine, never obsolete!:
          [url<]http://imgur.com/gallery/6NVC7[/url<]

            • derFunkenstein
            • 3 years ago

            LOLOLOLOL the broken slider door at the bottom

            Only eMachine anything I ever owned was a 17″ CRT monitor that was the cheapest 1280×1024 display that Staples sold. Plugged it into my Voodoo Banshee and never looked back…

            …until it died about 15 months later.

    • killadark
    • 3 years ago

    Wake me when its worldwide (probably never finger crossed :P)

    • MaxTheLimit
    • 3 years ago

    The front page picture is similar to my little project for the holidays:
    [url<]http://i.imgur.com/DI6JeEr.jpg[/url<]

      • meerkt
      • 3 years ago

      What are the rings?

        • MaxTheLimit
        • 3 years ago

        HDD platter spacer rings.

    • gecko575
    • 3 years ago

    Accidentally hit <enter> half way through the form. There was no prompt for unanswered questions. I re-entered my information and submitted again. Hopefully that doesn’t disqualify me ๐Ÿ˜€

    • DragonDaddyBear
    • 3 years ago

    I like the front-page picture.

      • UberGerbil
      • 3 years ago

      You know, when I first looked at it I picked up on the DIMMs but completely missed the connectors on the bow and so just assumed it was some kind of ribbon. And, ironically, it’s actually the thing that [i<]replaced[/i<] ribbon {cables}.

        • DragonDaddyBear
        • 3 years ago

        I wish I had a pile of DIMMs laying around so that I could use hot glue and make one for my house.

      • morphine
      • 3 years ago

      That’s actually the work of Mr. Colton Westrate, aka Dr. Fish, on very short noticed because we needed a new picture. Kudos to him.

    • -Kosh-
    • 3 years ago

    Hmm, that question can be interpreted in various ways.
    “Brands” could mean Company that made the actual card (MSI or EVGA or whatever), the name of the card itself (1060, Fury, whatever), and some might think it means Nvidia or AMD… so, how about clear up the question?

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      There are more than three models recommended, and there are only two GPU manufacturers recommended. So whatever there’s three of, use that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • Vhalidictes
        • 3 years ago

        Your post is mean. I approve.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 3 years ago

          I tried to give a hint without giving it away. </3

      • DancinJack
      • 3 years ago

      Except if you do the math, they say there are THREE of them. You should be able to figure it out without any additional info. No need to clear it up.

      • UberGerbil
      • 3 years ago

      It’s a skill testing question. You’re a TR reader. You’re smart. Figure it out.

        • DancinJack
        • 3 years ago

        Kosh failed. ๐Ÿ™

          • UberGerbil
          • 3 years ago

          Welp, better chances for the rest of us, right?

          • willmore
          • 3 years ago

          “Understanding is a three-edged sword. Your side, my side, and the truth.”

          You should know that, Kosh.

            • AnotherReader
            • 3 years ago

            Kosh, what do you want?

      • cygnus1
      • 3 years ago

      “three [i<]brands[/i<] of graphics cards" Brand =/= model, brand =/= GPU If you really need more help than that, you don't win...

    • Neutronbeam
    • 3 years ago

    Remember folks…enter early and enter often–kinda like the rules for voting in a presidential election.

      • UberGerbil
      • 3 years ago

      Wait, in that case I have to send an email request to v.putin@ั…ะฐะบะตั€.ru

    • derFunkenstein
    • 3 years ago

    Hercules, Diamond Multimedia, and ATi

      • morphine
      • 3 years ago

      Targa, Oki, and Cirrus Logic inside ™.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 3 years ago

        Edit: I was going to go with whatever brands were listed in the [url=https://techreport.com/review/10968/tr-october-2006-system-guide<]October 2006 System Guide[/url<], but they're both companies that make popular graphics cards today, plus there are only two - XFX (for GeForces, amusingly) and Sapphire. My family's first ever Windows PC had 256k of "accelerated" graphics by Cirrus Logic. We could do 800x600 @56Hz or 640x480 @60Hz on our 14" monitor. Thanks for the warm-fuzzy memories, Bruno. (our first-ever PC was a Commodore VIC20, basically a PET you hooked up to a TV instead of having an integrated display, which I learned to program in the BASIC interpreter when I was around 8-10 years old)

          • Shinare
          • 3 years ago

          [quote<](our first-ever PC was a Commodore VIC20, basically a PET you hooked up to a TV instead of having an integrated display, which I learned to program in the BASIC interpreter when I was around 8-10 years old)[/quote<] Almost exactly the same here, except C=64 not VIC20. Same age too. Dad bought me magazines with code in BASIC for games and said "If you want to play games on it then you have to program them yourself." Best invention ever was a TSR that calculated a checksum for each line of code so you could make sure each line was typed in correctly. (hated all those DATA ###,###,###,###,###,###,###,### lines lol)

            • derFunkenstein
            • 3 years ago

            That’s exactly what got me going, too. I wanted to play this tank defense game (Galaga clone, but you controlled a tank on the ground), so I had to type it out. I think I still have the 1983 version of the VIC20 manual at my parents’ house somewhere, though the machine eventually died.

            • UberGerbil
            • 3 years ago

            I still have the Apple ][+ I got as a teenager (with the $200 16K memory card upgrade to 64K, that I paid for by mowing lawns all summer). And the green-phosphor 13″ NEC monitor and the Epson MX-80 printer.

            My first programming job (while still a teenager) was writing games for the C=64, in assembly, only a few years after I’d taught myself programming in BASIC (first on a mainframe — on punch-cards! — then on a PET). We kind of looked down our noses at the VIC-20, I’m afraid.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 3 years ago

            Oh, man. Apple II+ was a completely different class of machine. All that memory! I had 3583 bytes available. ๐Ÿ˜†

            • JustAnEngineer
            • 3 years ago

            My friend had two memory expander cartridges for his VIC-20. I taught myself to program on an 8K Commodore PET, but by the time that I graduated high school, I had a C-64 of my own.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 3 years ago

            I didn’t have any of that stuff. By the time I got the VIC20 it was on its last legsโ€“Christmas time in 1984. You could barely find anything for it aside from game carts by then.

        • willmore
        • 3 years ago

        Edison Tseng, S3, and Matrox.

      • alloyD
      • 3 years ago

      I was going to make some joke about All-in-Wonder, then I realized that the guy who came up with that name is probably head of branding at AMD now.

    • Hattig
    • 3 years ago

    Oh, should have read the rules before entering. Oh well.

    • Shinare
    • 3 years ago

    Anyway to get a secure version of this form?

      • ArdWar
      • 3 years ago

      Just add https:// to your address bar

        • Pitabred
        • 3 years ago

        It really ought to auto-redirect or target the HTTPS version by default, but at least it’s available. Thanks!

          • DPete27
          • 3 years ago

          Yeah, why doesn’t TR automatically default to https?

            • meerkt
            • 3 years ago

            Let HTTPS be available to those who explicitly use it, but I’d prefer HTTP not to redirect.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 3 years ago

            I agree, but the site is definitely not ready for people to go HTTPS all the time.

            Go to [url<]https://www.techreport.com[/url<] Click a link You're no longer https Go to an article Change the URL to https Click the Next Page button You're no longer https Go to a news post Change the URL to https Click the TR logo at the top You're no longer https

            • DPete27
            • 3 years ago

            Exactly. Is there a reason for this though?

            • DancinJack
            • 3 years ago

            Maybe the cost of the SSL cert? I really wish they’d do it too, but I’ve never really seen them suggest they are moving to SSL at all.

            • cygnus1
            • 3 years ago

            They already have the cert. It’s the cost in man hours to re-engineer the site to not break when it’s all SSL all the time.

            • morphine
            • 3 years ago

            Without getting into too many details, the problem with going full HTTPs is with ads and third-party widgets. The advertising world moves slower than molasses uphill in winter. . Most of the technical issues are already sorted. Folks seem to miss the fact that the vast majority of ad-driven sites have yet to go HTTPs, ever wondered why? ๐Ÿ™‚

            There’s internal site links to take care of and test, but that’s mostly busywork.

            • cygnus1
            • 3 years ago

            Yep, agreed, for most sites it’s almost always 3rd party dependency stalling HTTPS. If you don’t want warnings or failures to load content (ads), can’t go HTTPS until all the sites sources support it. A lot of ad content/payment systems won’t work if you try to proxy their content either.

            • DancinJack
            • 3 years ago

            I like how you were so sure, but wrong. Sorry cygnus!

            • cygnus1
            • 3 years ago

            No I’m not. I didn’t say TR man hours.

            • DancinJack
            • 3 years ago

            YOU’RE WRONG CYGNUS. SORRY BUDDY.

            • cygnus1
            • 3 years ago

            Lol, ok pal

            • derFunkenstein
            • 3 years ago

            WHY ARE MOMMY AND DADDY FIGHTING

            • cygnus1
            • 3 years ago

            Little Jimmy, the holidays are such a stressful time…

            • derFunkenstein
            • 3 years ago

            “It’s not your fault*”

            *it’s totally your fault

            • UberGerbil
            • 3 years ago

            Usually it’s because the pages are hard-coded (either directly or through the publishing framework) to use http:// and apparently nobody on the internet prior to about a year ago had heard of protocol-relative addressing (eg //techreport.com). You can get around that with search-and-replace and exhaustive testing, or with some server-rewrite rules and exhaustive testing. I’m guessing the hold-up is the exhaustive testing part.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 3 years ago

            I think patience is in order. They just [url=https://techreport.com/news/30512/the-tech-report-forums-got-a-big-upgrade<]moved the forums[/url<] to all-HTTPS this year. Maybe it's coming for the main site, too.

            • SuperSpy
            • 3 years ago

            Behavior like that is precisely why I run the EFF’s HTTPS Everywhere plugin in all my browsers.

            • synthtel2
            • 3 years ago

            Exactly what I came here to say.

        • Shinare
        • 3 years ago

        Thank you, form submitted! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • MrDweezil
      • 3 years ago

      Yeah, I’m pretty uncomfortable with this kind of form. Seems like they should ask for just username/email/question_answer and then contact people for the rest of their personal info if they’re picked as a winner.

        • drfish
        • 3 years ago

        [quote<]Any prizes will be shipped to the address provided in this form.[/quote<] It's the easiest way to weed out dupes.

          • DancinJack
          • 3 years ago

          I don’t think anyone is debating that. But asking for that kind of info should really be behind SSL these days.

        • UberGerbil
        • 3 years ago

        All this info is in the public domain for me anyway (I’m in the phone book, to the extent those things still exist though the information is “out there” even if the physical compendium has faded away). And the email address is the hotmail one that use to sign up for everything of this sort, that does an excellent job of weeding out spam (and I can walk away from if it doesn’t).

        That said, since SSL is trivial (now that certificates are relatively free) and it looks like TR can support it if they wanted to, I agree it’s something that should just be expected on any page with a form submission.

      • ronch
      • 3 years ago

      Anyway != Any way

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